Bone Density Scans in Charleston
Osteoporosis means that you have porous bones that are not only weak, but they can also fracture from minor accidents. Approximately 10 million Americans have the disease and about 18 million are at risk of developing it. In years past, being diagnosed with and living with osteoporosis was an overwhelming experience. East Cooper Physicians specializes in complete bone density assessments in Charleston.
Learn More about Osteoporosis
Like many, you've probably heard of brittle bones. Did you know that osteoporosis can affect both men and women as they age? It's even more common to develop in women and men who are older than 60 years of age. Typically, it takes several years for the condition to develop, which is why it is vital to visit your primary care physician if you notice any of the warning signs:
- Loss of Height
- Curved Posture
- Back and/or Neck Pain
- Minor Movements Result in Fractures
If you have taken corticosteroids for several months, been through menopause, have had parents with osteoporosis, or suffered from any of the signs mentioned above, schedule an appointment with our bone density specialist. Our family practice is equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic technology that gives us the ability to perform bone density scans. Certain factors determine whether or not you are more likely to develop osteoporosis, such as:
- Being Inactive
- Being Caucasian
- Low Vitamin-D Intake
- Family History of the Disease
- Consuming Excess Amounts of Alcohol
What Is Osteopenia?
As you age, your bones do not renew as fast as when you are young. Research shows that individuals reach their peak bone mass by age 30. Your bones naturally thin after they've reached their peak strength. This is even more of a concern for people who have osteopenia.
Many people use osteopenia and osteoporosis interchangeably; however, the conditions are different. Osteopenia means that your bone density is lower than normal, but is not low enough to be considered osteoporosis. If you are diagnosed with osteopenia, it means that you are at a greater risk for developing brittle bones later in life. There are, however, ways to improve bone density and avoid living with osteoporosis.
Treatment to Ensure Optimal Bone Health
With the help of modern medicine, preventing and treating osteoporosis and osteopenia is possible. Count on our bone density specialist to help you along the way, such as suggesting lifestyle changes that reduce your risk for bone loss and brittle bones and that help you maintain optimal bone health in the future.
If you are worried about osteoporosis or osteopenia, visit our bone density specialist for a bone densitometry test. Similar to an X-ray, this test will quickly and accurately measure your bone density. This information also helps us determine the proper course of action to treat and manage your condition with medications, such as raloxifene and bisphosphonates, or hormone replacements.
Maintain healthy, strong bones. Call 843-849-9355 to schedule a bone density test. We proudly serve patients throughout Charleston, South Carolina.